Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) began composing and arranging as soprano and Musical Director of the five-time Grammy® award-winning a cappella group The Swingles. Her compositional style is influenced by a passion for church music, close harmony vocal groups and jazz. She regularly collaborates with her husband Alexander L’Estrange, writing songs for such groups as The King’s Singers and The Military Wives Choirs as well as for their award-winning series of large-scale community choral works.
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange is prolific composer of songs and anthems for Upper Voices. Such pieces include Winter Songs (commissioned by Finchley Children’s Music Group for their 60th anniversary concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London), Give us grace (commissioned by Aurora Nova for International Women’s Day 2018), High as the heavens (commissioned by Frances Holland School, London), A woman (wearing bloomers) on a wheel (which has been made into a film by the NYCGB), The Twyford Carols (commissioned by Twyford School) and We will remember them (commissioned by The Military Wives Choirs for their 2018 ‘Remember’ album).
Published by the RSCM, Joanna Forbes L’Estrange’s church music includes King’s College Service (Magnificat and Nunc Dimities), The St Helen’s Service, (a congregational setting of the communion service), Preces & Responses, Advent ‘O’ Carol, Carol of the Crib (an RSCM ‘Best Seller’) and St Richard’s Prayer.
Joanna Forbes L’Estrange has become the go-to composer for songs about women. She wrote A place for us maids to mark the 40th anniversary of female undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge; her feminist anthem Twenty-first-century woman made history by being the first ever song to be recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London by an entirely-female cast and crew. The single was released on International Women’s Day 2019 and raises money for the charity Her Future Coalition.
WORLD PREMIERES in 2019
13/1/19 Winter Songs / Finchley Children’s Music Group / Royal Festival Hall, London UK
4/3/19 King’s College Service/ King’s Voices conducted by Ben Parry/King’s College Cambridge, UK
8/3/19 Twenty-first-century Woman released as a charity single for International Women’s Day 2019
17/3/19 Faith, Hope and Love/ Bisley Parish Church Choir/Bisley Parish Church, UK
1/4/19 High as the Heavens/Cadogan Hall, London, UK
16/6/19 God the Holy Trinity/RSCM Music Sunday, UK
12/9/19 For the beauty/ Botleys Mansion, Surrey, UK
2/12/19 Carol of the Crib / RSCM Christmas Carol Service, St Michael’s Church, Cornhill, London UK
8/12/19 Preces & Responses / Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Southern Pines, North Carolina, USA
12/12/19 The Three Wise Women / St Swithun’s School Carol Service, Winchester Cathedral, UK